RICH FIDLER - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The United States ended their 2009 slate with a resounding dud, being blitzed in a poor second half start at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark

Head coach Bob Bradley made few changes from the team that lost to Slovakia over the weekend. Frankie Hejduk and Stuart Holden got the nod on along the right side of the field, while striker Jeff Cunningham joined Jozy Altidore up top.

The only other change saw Ricardo Clark team up with Bradley's son Michael in the midfield.

FC Dallas striker Cunningham scored the game's - and his first international goal - in the 26th minute when he pounced on a poor clearance by Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen. The striker snuck his left-footed blast just inside the near post

Bradley would make no substitutions at the half while Johan Absalonsen, who came on at the half for Danish head coach Morten Olsen, leveled the match just 65 seconds in to the second half.

The striker latched on to a long ball from Simon Kjaer, beating Hejduk in the process, to finish coolly past US goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Five minutes later it was Soren Rieks who put the home team ahead for good after woeful defending by the two US wingbacks. The Esbjerg midfielder found an easy finish after Absalonsen intercepted a turnover from Jonathan Spector and found the Dane who lost his marker Jonathan Bornstein to give them the 2-1 lead.

Brøndby striker Martin Bernburg grabbed one for himself in the 54th minute past a sprawling Guzan. It was the 23-year old's first goal after four appearances for the Danes after the counterattack was sprung from yet another American turnover in midfield.

During the rest of the otherwise forgettable second half, Bob Bradley brought on Edgar Castillo late, handing the former Mexico international a much-anticipated debut after having his switch of allegiance approved by FIFA two months ago.

The Americans don't have another opponent on the scheduled for 2010, but will learn their World Cup fate on December 4th when the 2010 South Africa draw takes place in Johannesburg.
Thursday November 19, 2009 2:08 pm
It is completely unacceptable the Hejduk and Conrad continue to be called up to this team, let alone see the field or start. Their skill levels were fine then years ago but since that time, the level of the US has risen while their abilities have diminished with age.

Neither should be there next summer and we have some gaping holes to fix before then. we need to look at other options.
Thursday November 19, 2009 11:28 am
We can bag the Boca & Spector partnership as well as the use of Huydude. BB screwed up with the player selections using two outside backs in the middle and we predictably got shelled. Goodson & Conrad play the middle and we actually win this's a looong time until March for BB to think about that one.
Thursday November 19, 2009 10:46 am
Please god, let our Confed. Cup back line be healthy and each at least 80% fit by SA2010.

Tony p
Thursday November 19, 2009 9:48 am
The defensive lapses were bad enough. I am a big Spector Fan, but he had a bad match. He was involved in the first 2 goals that Denmark scored. On the first one he cut towards the goal rather then the player for some reason. This is the first bad match I have seen him have on the USMNT so he is allowed. But on offense.. the US couldn't muster a thing. So so slow with the ball, telegraphing each pass, all movement was sideways rather then forward.. Just no imagination with the ball going forward. It does scare me a bit that so many of these teams we play are just so much more imaginative and fast with the ball at their feet. US is always looking what to do with the ball rather then sensing it. Much more speed on offense needed.
Thursday November 19, 2009 9:07 am
First off, give credit to Denmark. They remained composed after they went down, kept in the game, made adjustments at the half and took advantage of their few scoring chances, and then controlled the tempo to hold their lead, even while missing a significant number of A squad players.

So, what does THAT say about the state of USMNT?
Thursday November 19, 2009 8:26 am
In general, granted service to them was quite poor, the work rate out of our strikers is absolutely atrocious. Putting his physical gifts to the side for a second, at least Charlie Davies worked extremely hard for 90 minutes. Altidore does NOT work like a professional. He literally takes huge chunks of the game off. His strike partners (excluding CD) are exactly the same. There's a reason the kid doesn't play much in England...if you don't work for your don't play....simple as that.

Overall, just a dour performance. Work rates were terrible, positioning was terrible...player selection was terrible (subs).
Thursday November 19, 2009 8:19 am
we look so precidtable no funk whatsoever, bradley is a 3rd level international coach at best. we have the chance to make history by getting the best coach in the history of US soccer and one of the best coaches in all soccer, some one do something call your people to call their people. lets get GUUS HIDDINK!!!!!!!!!!GUUS HIDDINK!!!!GUUS HIDDINK!!!!!!!!!GUUS HIDDINK!!!!!!!!GUUS HIDDINK!!!!!!
Thursday November 19, 2009 8:11 am
I saw the match and it was horrible the entire second half. I don't want to see Boring-stein on that team ever again although I will not get my wish.. I was so excited when Castillo was being subbed in but so disappointed that he was placed as a LM and left Boring-stein at LB!!! I wanted to see how he would do at LB. I don't see USA advancing that far in World Cup if Bob continues to make that type of selections. I commend him for giving so many different players a look whereas Arena shied away from but he CANNOT afford to have FAVORITISM especially at international level! Yes, you can say the same about his son, Michael. I agree that Michael need to sit down sometimes when he is not up to par. *sulking away with a gloomy outlook for our beloved USMNT*
Thursday November 19, 2009 4:50 am
How can you see if the player is good if you send him to the field at the 61 minute,,after the team is 1to 3 Castillo need it the 90 minutes ,,Bradley should go ,, we need a coach that can make the team play good 90 minutes ,, every time we lose ,, the excuse is we learning from the game ,, is a good experiance please give me a break ,, to much possesion ,but at the end ,don't know what to do with the ball=no tactic i am tired to watch my team losing like this ,, we have the players ,,but no good coach
Thursday November 19, 2009 1:04 am
How do you spell abomination? Oh, that's how.
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